Making your own home-made Kahlua coffee liqueur is incredibly easy and delicious. I decided to make it with decaffeinated coffee so that it can still be enjoyed for those who would usually have trouble sleeping after drinking coffee in the evening.
1 litre water (4 cups)
1 1/2 cups instant coffee crystals
1 litre vodka (4 cups)
1.5kg sugar (7-8 cups)
2-3 vanilla beans
Mix water, sugar and coffee crystals. Heat and stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature and add vodka. Stir to combine.
Pour into 6 x 500ml bottles (or whatever combination you have – I often reuse the vodka bottles and then decant to a smaller bottle when I am making a gift). Cut vanilla beans into six pieces and put one in each bottle. Leave for 2-3 weeks and then, if you want, strain and remove vanilla beans and rebottle.
Make tags or labels to decorate your bottles if using as a gift.